Swindon man jailed for 42 months after pleading guilty to multiple offences of indecent images of children
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A Swindon man has been jailed for more than three years after he pleaded guilty to multiple offences relating to indecent images of children.
Adrian Weston, 37, of Haydon End, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on November 4 and pleaded guilty to arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, three counts of making indecent photographs of a child, possessing a prohibited image of a child, distributing an indecent photo of a child, two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and possession of extreme pornographic image.
He was jailed for 42 months and given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Back in the summer of 2021, we received information relating to Weston and indecent images of children. He was arrested and over 300 ‘Category A’ indecent images of children were found on his devices. Category A refers to those depicting the most serious child abuse.
Whilst released under investigation, Weston engaged with an undercover police officer online who he believed to be an adult male who had an 11-year-old step-daughter. Weston encouraged him to record himself sexually assaulting his step-daughter whilst she slept and to then send him the footage.
Detective Constable Justine Parsons, from Wiltshire Police’s Child Internet Exploitation Team, said: “When officers attended Weston’s address on the second occasion, he attempted to delay opening the door to officers so he could swap the SIM card on his phone and destroy evidence.
“We hope this case highlights the work carried out by our team to identify offenders who access these images and ensure they are put before the courts.”